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Official Newsletter of Midwood Highschool Key Club District 9 2839 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn New York 11210 Volume 1, Issue 3

December 2009

“I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the objects of Key Club International; to build my home, school, and community; to serve my nation and combat all forces, which tend to undermine these institutions.”

From Your President, Anum Afzaal

Hello Key Clubbers! December was a great month regarding service! Every weekend was devoted to one service activity or another. First, in the beginning of the month, we had the Jingle Bell Walk for Arthritis. It was super cold but thanks to the volunteers that came, we had a blast! Next, we had the Ft. Hamilton U.S. Army base Military Party for children whose parents are serving in the U.S. Army. Over 25 volunteers came and I'm sure like me, the ones who stuck around the whole day had a great time! They served amazing food and cookies! The final event was the Floyd Bennett Field Africa Project for Zimbabwe. It was three times as cold as the Jingle Bell Walk but we also had about three times as many people. Having attending all the Africa Project load ups, I have to say this one was the best! Everyone worked well together and because of the number of volunteers, we were able to finish the loading faster than ever! Throughout all of these events, we also had our second drive of the year, a Book Drive for the Africa Project. You guys donated so many of your old books and toys that we collected over 1000 items in total! That is, in the words of Governor Allen Yu, SMASHING! Of course, thank you to all the volunteers who helped box all the items! Thank you to every single member of Midwood H.S. Key Club! Happy New Year :) Your President, Anum Afzaal

What’s Inside! President’s Letter………………..……..1 Meet the Board……..……………...….2 Member Spotlight….………………….3 Annual Christmas Party………..……..4 Africa Project…………………………..5 Jingle Bell Walk…………………….…..6 Advocacy Letters……………………..6 Book Drive………………………………7 Convention 2010………………………8 D I V I S I O N A L……………………….9 Clothing………………………………....9 C R E D I T S ……………………………..9 Key Club Promotional Video……….10 Scrap Book Contest………………….10 Posters…………………………………..10 Awards………………………………….11 Higher Positions……………...…..........11

Do you like to write? Keep a journal? Blog? If you answered to any of these then write for the monthly Key Club newsletter. Your don’t have to be the best writer ever to write for the newsletter. Credits will be offered to those who helps write for the monthly newsletter.

“The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream.” –Harry Kemp

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.” – Robert H. Goddard

*(T)-denotes texting

President, Anum Afzaal Phone Number: 646-670-1571(T) Email: Aim: redfly 62

Treasurer, Fiona Ho Vice President, Sonia Barakat

Phone Number: 917-608-3576 (T)

Phone Number: 646-371-4182 (T)



Aim: iitsmszfiona

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Secretary, Natalie Zolotareva Phone Number: 347-342-8927(T) Email: Aim: pizdetsmynikka

Editor, Susan Zheng Phone Number: 917-518-3579(T) Email:

Webmaster, JiaYao Liu

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“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Member Highlights is exclusively a page to exemplify three Key Club Members who shows great dedication for the club and takes an extra step when it comes to service and events. You are probably thinking to yourself, “I will never have that opportunity because I don’t have time.” Well you are wrong, to be member of the month, you don’t have to commit your daily lives to Key Club. During events, stand out and you’ll be able to catch the attention of the officers. It’s not about knowing that you did everything to make you member of the month, we feel that you were using your unselfish heart to help another person in need.

“ I joined Key Club to experience the self satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment from helping those who are less fortunate and to help them in the smallest way possible to improve their daily lives.

I feel that I am

contributing to society and doing as much as I possibly can in my part to make the world a better place! Key Club allows me to help those who are needy

and less fortunate than I am.”

-Kevin Lu’11

“ I joined Key Club because I thought it is one of the perfect ways to give back to my community and not only focus on only one aspect as if I would by volunteering at a hospital or some other organization. I am very proud to be a member of Key Club because with the club, we can help make a difference in someone’s life someday without contributing most our time or donating some great amount of money. Key Club is a great Highschool club that gathers

warm hearted students who are willing to get involve with their community to make it a better place to be and live in.”

-Amy Guan’11

“ I joined Key Club at first merely to earn service credits, but during Key Club events, I was enlightened by the amazing experience in partaking those events, such as the AIDS Walk. Key Club reminds me of a story: Once there was a boy walking along the shores that were filled with starfishes.

Then he sees a man tossing the starfishes

back into the sea and asks him, “Why are you tossing them back into the sea? It doesn’t change anything.” The man replies to him, “It may not change anything but every starfish I throw back into the sea

Key Club allows me to contribute to the world and try to make a difference in someone’s life even in the littlest way.”

will someday regenerate and reproduce many more starfishes.”

-Kevin Lee’12

“The quality of an individual is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” –Ray Kroc

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” - Mother Teresa

Annual Military Holiday Party When December 1 came, you were probably anxious for the next 24 days quickly pass by so you can open your Christmas presents and have a holiday party with your family and friends. Key Club shared the spirit of the holiday season with the little kids whose parents weren’t able to be with them this year. The Annual Military Christmas Holiday Party was held at the Fort Hamilton Army Base. The purpose of this holiday party was for children whose parents are serving the country to be able to spend the holidays in laughter and joy although their family members weren’t around. Key Club used the idea of an assembly line to efficiently and quickly finish blowing up balloons and putting them up for decorations.

Although we ended up making too many

balloons, it did not become a problem. Tyler the party manager had all of us take two balloons, go outside, make a wish, and let them go.

So whose wishes actually came true?

There were crowds of kids all over the gym, where the party was held. Some were on line to meet Santa Claus, receive their presents, and take a picture with them on Santa’s lap. Then there was another crowd of kids excited to make crafts such as reindeer, penguin, or Santa pails.


Lew, Jessica Lam, and Lily Lei spent quite a few hours at the crafts table putting together the pails, building penguins, and snowflakes for the little children to use as ornaments or decorations around the house. Then there was President Anum and Treasurer Fiona at a table assisting little the little kids with writing a personalized holiday card to the soldiers serving our country. For those who stuck around the whole day, you probably had an exhilarating moment when the Christmas tree was lit and maybe had a glow stick in your hand. I know our president Anum definitely had one! While everyone was sipping on some hot chocolate laughing with your friends and family, you knew that the kids whose parents are in the war aren’t left out. Because of you, they did not miss a Christmas or the holiday spirit just because their parents weren’t with them!

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” -Anonymous

“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate.

The world is all gates, all opportunities.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Africa Project foundations to donate materials.

Thanks to everyone who came to Floyd Bennett Field on December 19th for the

who went to the Africa project. The money

Africa Project. That day was “killer” cold,

came out of his pocket!

and a blizzard warning was in affect, but

In ever spirit of Henry Ford, his idea of

some still volunteered their time to come for

the assembly line once again got the job done

the load up.

amazingly fast.

Key Club would like to give special

during the loading.

These students are

Austin Chung’11, Kar Ng’11, Justin Lui’10, and Jeffrey Lui’12. They greatly volunteered their service without requesting anything in return. The purpose of the Africa project was to load boxes of books, school supplies, clothing, other donated materials and also

Within 2.5 hours, the truck

was fully loaded of course, we cannot

recognition to 4 Midwood students who aren’t in the club, but were greatly involved

He also

kindly bought pizza and soda for everyone

overlook Austin, Andy Yee, Justin, and Kar’s He

effort t help the men stack the boxes into

recalled previously when he visited the

place. There were also the help of some Key

school; there were no desks, papers, pens

Clubber who did inventory work such as

or pencils, and books for the little kids.

taping the boxes and organizing loose items.

However, this time, the kids had all the

Members on the swim team managed to

schools supplies and books for them to

come down to the field to help with the load


up right after their practice from 7AM in the

Club donated the school supplies.

The supplies that we donated

helped the kids in Zimbabwe in ways that we could never think of. The Africa project not only involved Midwood Key Club but also other Key Clubs in District 9 such as Highschool of Telecommunications, John Dewey, and Fort Hamilton.

(Secretly, Midwood did

most of the work ☺) Mr. Grashaw, the the piano that took a while successfully get

retired Key Club advisor of Lincoln

onto the truck.

These donated materials

Highschool organizes the Africa Project


were shipped to aid the needy in Zimbabwe

every year and locates other schools and

The Africa Project showed everyone’s

who aren’t able to afford clothing or books to

unselfish hearts to help the people in

educate their children.

need. We had some who came to help;

The materials inside the boxes may

after an exhausting practice, non Key

seem useless to us “city” kids, but greatly

Clubbers who volunteered service without

makes a difference to those kids in Africa.

expecting anything in return, and everyone

According to Mr. White, he traveled to one

who woke early on a “killer” cold morning

of the Zimbabwe schools the spring after Key

with a blizzard warning in effect.


this, we can evidently see the true intentions of everyone being in the club.

Service without benefits in return!

“The only way of finding the limits of possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.” –Arthur C. Clarke

“Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant, they is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.”- Johann Gottfried Von Herder

On December 6, many Kiwanis family members went to Prospect Park to attend the Jingle Bell Walk. The Jingle Bell Walk is a annual event hosted by the Arthritis Foundation.

The walk

happens in December being its arthritis awareness month. Very few members attended the Jingle Bell Walk, but we are thankful to those who showed up; especially on a very bitterly cold morning. Because every individual in the walk had to donate their own money, Key Clubber only stood along the pathway to show support and hold signs directing the walkers. Arthritis is a group of diseases that involves damage to the joints of the body.

It is the most common chronic illness in the United

States. The types of arthritis range from wear and tear of cartilage (osteoarthritis) to inflammation resulting from overactive immune system known as rheumatoid arthritis.

Advocacy Letters Every time there is a meeting, you were asked to do a advocacy letter for something. an advocacy letter?

But do you really know what is the purpose of

Advocacy letters is similar to a petition, you write about what you think is harming the environment or to some individual. Greatly, many Key Clubbers have taken their time to stand up for some purpose.

Letter to the Troops Yazmin Feng Helen Li Slavena Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill Threatens Human Rights Emily Lew Horse Petition in Central Park

Make Saving Lives of Children Around the World Top Priority Kevin Lee Wenona Lok Margarita UNICEF Helen Yiu Vicky Peng

Kevin Lee Tina Zarbaliev Margarita Sheipak Save Bed-Stuy Farm Rashed Helen Yiu Winse He Sarah Young Sophia Westwick Karen Lee Human Rights Education Petition Rita Sheipak Winse He Landmine Ban Marina Eng Polar Bear Global Warning

Margarita Sheipak Salmon Life Cycles Killing of Wolves at Yellow Stone Park Water for the World Act Tina Zarbaliev Add Koalas to the Threatened Species List Karen Lee Kevin Lee Newborn, Child, and Mother Survival Act 2009 Wenona Lok Kevin Lee Survival of America Jaguars Margarita Sheipak

“The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second is listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, and fifth teaching others.”- Solomon Ibn Gabriol

“One who understands much displays a great simplicity of character than one who understands little.”- Alexander Chase

Book Drive

The Book Drive gave everyone a chance to get rid of all those old books in your house for a good cause.

Not only

was Key Club involved in the Book Drive but also everyone in the school.

Bins were set up in the lobby for everyone to

conveniently put their books inside the bins while they come to school. The Book Drive went around to everyone very quickly especially since there were posters concerning the drive in every staircase and about every door. By mentioning on the posters that the books go to help kids in Africa, much more people wanted to get involved.

Members also helped spread

the word very quickly by telling other students and teachers were very supportive by giving extra credit to students who donated books. After school on December 18th, before we left for Christmas vacation, there was boxing going on in room 254. Everyone volunteered their time before vacation to come help sort the books into boxes, some recorded who bought in books so members can get their credits, and organize other materials. Altogether, from the Book Drive, we boxed 13 boxes ranging from small ones to big ones like those that are used for air conditioners.

We collected over 1000 books, some school

supplies, and toys that donated to children in orphanages as Christmas presents. During the boxing of the books, everyone diligently worked with each other organizing different books and giving names of people who donated books.

A lot more people showed up

period 10 and they search over the school for boxes since we had a shortage.

Some member also

had a childhood drawback with some of the donated books that they found. Such books are Ms. Nelson is Back, Judy Blume, Little House on the Prairie, Dr. Seuss Series, Winnie the Pooh, and Clifford. Aside from the childhood drawbacks, there were also some crafts books such as tips on knitting and a step-by-step origami book with origami paper included! The Book Drive’s purpose not only to collect used books for kids in Africa, but we were also able to collect used toys in good condition such a juke box and many stuff animals.


members also donated Christmas presents too. As everyone is well aware, the books donated all go to the kids in Africa, which will be arranged by Mr. Grashaw. Everyone did a great job with the book drive; piles and piles of messy books were organized and counted into boxes in a short amount of time. This shows what the power working hand with hand can do.

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” - Confucius

DIVISIONAL The next divisional will be held on January 14, 2010 at Edward R. Murrow Highschool.

Last time, officers made a big fuss

about having only 10 members showing up at divisional because it is a big deal. We expect more than 50 members this time to attend divisional and it is at a very familiar location. To those who are on a team or know where Midwood Field is, you should know that the big building down the block is Murrow. Those who go to “L” Park should also be familiar with the school. Members who own Key Club clothing should wear it at divisional so everyone can clearly see which school you are from. Divisional starts at 4:30 lasts for about 1.5 hour. Don’t be late! Let’s prove to the other schools in District 9 this time that Midwood is the GREATEST!




Ever since the last order of clothing came in, we have been hearing from many members that they also want to order clothing again. Well the chance has come! T-Shirts are $11 each ranging from sizes S-XL. There will be a extra charge of $2 if you want to purchase XXL or XXXL. The t-shirts are teal with black prints on them. Sweat Pants are $20 each ranging from sizes S-XL. Once again there will be a $2 extra charge if you want to purchase any size bigger. The sweat pants are full black with the words “Midwood Key Club” printed in the color teal along the right side of the pants. Hoodies are $20 each ranging from sizes S-XL. There will be a extra charge of $2 if you want to purchase any larger sizes. Hoodies are black with “Midwood Highschool Key Club” printed on the front in teal and “K” inside a diamond printed on the back along with “We save the World.” If you want to purchase any clothing, bring the money to the next meeting on January 21, and stay after the meeting to give the money to Treasurer Fiona. Do not approach any officer with the money and say that you have no time to go to the meetings. We will not be taking any money outside meetings.

CREDITS All your hard work this year has paid off, now you will be receiving your credits. Credits will only be given at the next meeting on January 21. Please go purchase a G.O. Card from Ms. Kaufman before coming to the next meeting. The G.O. Card is $5 each and is good for only the fall term. If you don’t purchase one for the fall semester your service credits will not double when you come to us in the spring semester. If you are not able to attend the next meeting, have a friend do it for you or email us before January 21. Before does not mean a few hours before the meeting or after 10PM. We officers have other things to do instead of checking emails constantly. The maximum amount of credits that you will be receiving is 25 and minimum is 5. A lot of consideration has been put towards how much credits you will receive. DO NOT! Complain about getting too little because Vice President Sonia keeps a record of everything. The amount of credits you receive is based on the events that you attended and how much you put towards the club.

Please do not lie or fight with us about certain things you’ve

done or didn’t do, we know a majority of the club so we’ll be able to tell who was or wasn’t at which event.

“You must be careful how you walk, and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set.” –Robert E. Lee

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” –General George Patton

KEY CLUB PROMOTIONAL VIDEO KEY CLUB POSTER CONTEST KEY CLUB SCRAP BOOK CONTEST For the Key Club Promotional Video, we officers are working with a few members for the script, shooting, and casting.


may join us in working on that video or you

If you are interested in making a poster for

The club editor may or maynot be

the contest, please consult one of the

working on a scrapbook for the

officers for more information.



The poster should be designed to

officers if you are interested in

recruit new members for Key Club

making a scrapbook or would like to

without mentioning any name or

form some small group to work on


scrapbook together.

The dimensions should be 17 inches


can gather your own group of friends and make a video. The video has to be ready by the 1st week of April in order for us to bring it to Convention. 1.

Club members ONLY at a cost not to exceed $250 must produce the video.


2. 3.

It should be promoting Key Club as an organization or within its respective school/community.


It can’t exceed 60 seconds(1minute).


The video will be judge by: a) orginiatlity (10 points) c) promotion of Key Club (20 points) d) clarity of message (10 points) e) quality of production projection of idea (10 points) sound quality (10 points)


Key Club international the right to reproduce or broadcast any contest entries.


All entries shall be in good taste and appropriate to the standards of Key Club International.




Originality (10 points)

must be subdivided into the


Creativity (10 points)

following categories: Service to


Artistic ability (10 points)

school, Service to Community,


Promotion of Key Club (10)

Fundraising Projects, Assistance






5. 6.








recruitment (15 points)


Ability to reproduce the poster


via printing (10 points)

contents must be included.

Overall appearance (30 points)


A table of

Format – 50 points

All posters must follow the standards


Cover artwork (10 points)

of Key Club international. (This


Interior artwork(20points)

means the pencil which is the white


Clipping and Pictures (20)

arrow on the first page of the

picture quality (20 points) f) overall impression (20) points.

pictures, souvenirs, newspapers

It will be judged to the following:

g) 4.

The scrapbook may contain

by 22 inches.


b) creativity (10 points)

Please contact one of the


General Content – 60 points



Service to school (10)

The artist must be a Key Club


Service to community (10)



Fundraising projects (10)



Kiwanis Projects (10)



MEP (10 Points)


Miscellaneous (10 points)

Information District,

such name,




information has to appear on each poster entry.





submitted with a form and can’t

The video must be submitted on a DVD

“Dream as if you’ll live forever.


exceed $250.

Live as if you’ll die today.” –James Dean

“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”



-William Blake


Have you gone beyond what asked of you as a member? Have you been enthusiastic about Key Club? If you truthfully answered yes to both of those questions then you should apply for the Key Club Distinguished Member Award. This award is granted only to one student per class meaning freshmen, sophomore, junior, or senior. It is merely for Key Club members only meaning officers and board members can’t enter this contest. For all graduating seniors who have been a Key Club member, you are qualified for the Key Club Scholarship.

The scholarship is

$1000 and the check is made directly to you so you get to decide what how to spend it. If you are interested in applying for the Key Club Distinguished Member Award or the Scholarship, please contact one of the officers ASAP!


You will need to submit recommendation forms and essays, which requires time.


Another Key Club year is about to end, its time for elections again. The officer positions in the school may be open but that has not been fully decided yet.

If anyone is interested in one of the officer positions such as President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Editor,

of Webmaster, consult one of us.

(It will be hard if you have the intentions of replacing one of the officers☺)

Any Key Club member is also eligible to run for Lieutenant Governor. The lieutenant governor is in charge of all District 9 Key Clubs which means Midwood, Fort Hamilton, Lincoln, Brooklyn Tech, Telecommunications, etc. The lieutenant governor has to hold divisional, be the bridge between Key Clubs and the District Board, attend meetings upstate once a month, and attend International and District Convention. This is a yearlong commitment. There are also district positions available such as Governor; such person is in charge of all New York State Key Clubs. There is also district secretary, district treasurer, and district editor. All district board members are in charge of the whole New York State.

Helpful Websites

when meetings are held and contact information

This is the New York District Key Club Website.

of the officers.

Here you will be able to know who the District

Board members are and some other helpful

This is the official email of Key Club, if you have any

information such as the awards, higher positions,

questions, concerns, or advocacy letter proofs,

and contests.

There is also a mailing list for all

information sent out from the District Board, join it. It will be very helpful. Surely, everyone has a facebook account.


your search box, type in “Midwood Highschool Key Club” and “New York District Key Club.”


Send it to this email. winter?mode=embed&layout=ht tp:// xml&showFlipBtn=true this is the link to view Empire Key online.


Key is the New York District Board Newsletter.


them to receive information for upcoming events

will be able to learn about what other schools

or meetings.

around New York State are doing. Blogspot contains information given during meetings and upcoming events.

On there you

will also be able to find helpful information such as

“The thing always happens happen that you believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” Frank Lloyd Wright

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